Assessment of Module Goals
Use geological data to develop a plan for sustainable soil management in one or more agricultural settings.
Predict, using systems thinking, agricultural challenges that might result from climate change.
Upon successful completion of this summative assessment, students will be able to:
Synthesize information about soil erosion, climate, management practices, and sustainability.
Make recommendations for agricultural practices that can minimize erosion and address feasibility of these actions from the perspective of key stakeholders.
Use evidence to show what actions are needed to mitigate soil erosion to increase sustainability of soils.
Apply the characteristics of good science communication to the general public by creating user-friendly fact sheets.
This unit directly supports multiple InTeGrate guiding principles. It addresses the grand challenge of sustainability by requiring students to consider land use practices and soil sustainability in the context of climate change. This problem is inherently interdisciplinary as it requires consideration of both geoscience data and stakeholder needs. Students must use systems thinking to investigate interactions between the geosphere and the anthrosphere, in particular the positive feedback between agricultural practices and the sustainability of soil as a vital resource.
Overall Module Assessments
Students use what they have learned about the interdisciplinary problem of soil sustainability to make recommendations for agricultural practices in response to potential changes in climate. Students present their findings in a summative fact sheet that describes best practices for mitigating potential changes while remaining sensitive to stakeholder concerns and feasibility.
Unit 6: Creating an Agricultural Fact Sheet is the summative assessment for the Growing Concern module.
Course Overview Activity Tracking Sheet
This tracking sheet includes a complete list of Unit assessments: